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City Opposes More Environmental Oversight Rules for Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2014

An effort to increase oversight of environmental risks inside school buildings is meeting resistance from city officials who balk at the additional regulation and costs.

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Pre-K Applications Spike In NYC

Thursday, April 24, 2014

With all the talk about pre-kindergarten expansion, the number of applicants to public school pre-k increased by 36 percent over last year. But, as in previous years, many will not get a seat - at least not yet.

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NYC Officials Expect a 'Big Lift' in Pre-K Expansion

Thursday, April 24, 2014

There's no doubt that rolling out thousands of new pre-kindergarten seats by September will be a big lift for New York City. Two members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said so themselves, and acknowledged some of the obstacles at an event Wednesday night.

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City Finds Buildings For 'Homeless' Charter Schools

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two charter schools that were blocked from opening this fall inside other public schools will open in former Catholic school buildings instead, under a new plan from City Hall.

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Free Lunch For All Students Gets Boost from Council Budget

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All New York City students soon could be eating lunch for free, if the mayor chooses to embrace a City Council proposal to spend about $24 million while also tapping into a federal program that reduces the stigma -- and paperwork - of free lunches.

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It's Decision Time for Prospective College Freshmen (and Their Parents)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It can be an emotionally fraught time, as families gather around kitchen tables to try to determine which institution offers the prospect of serving as the best academic, personal, and financial “fit.”

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Time's Up to Apply for Pre-K in NYC Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Families have until the end of day Wednesday to submit an application for a public school pre-k seat, including one of the 4,000 new seats being added for next school year.

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Sun Sets on Controversial Student Data Project inBloom

Monday, April 21, 2014

Following parent outcry over student privacy concerns, the company inBloom plans to shut down.

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NYC Kindergarten Waiting Lists Cut Almost in Half

Monday, April 21, 2014

A new ranking system for families applying to kindergarten led to shorter waiting lists at fewer schools.

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Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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Pre-K: You've Got Questions, She's Got Answers

Friday, April 18, 2014

The head of the city's office of early childhood education took questions from WNYC listeners about the application process for  pre-kindergarten, now that thousands of more seats will be offered this fall.

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Accordions, Clarinets and a Xylophone for City Schools

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.

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How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

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A Pay Raise for Pre-K Teachers

Monday, April 14, 2014

As part of his pre-k expansion, Mayor de Blasio is setting aside $10 million in state funds to increase teacher pay.

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Opinion: Five Ways to Improve Gifted Programs in NYC Schools

Friday, April 11, 2014

The program for super bright kids has a few dumb problems, like having just a fraction of seats available (300) for all the incoming kindergarten students deemed "gifted" (1,908). Two veteran parents offer ideas to make G&T smarter.

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Table Tennis and Badminton Go Varsity in NYC High Schools

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's not just basketball, baseball or other traditional American sports anymore. Dozens of New York City high schools are fielding teams in   badminton and table tennis for the first time this spring.

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A Plea to Move Forward From NY's Education Chief

Thursday, April 10, 2014

State education commissioner John King is pushing for a more civil debate around education policy.

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Opinion: With 100 Days Under His Belt, Mayor Must Up His Game on Education

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An education professor says the new mayor has won some, lost some. Now it's time to get serious on all the other pressing education issues facing the city schools. 

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Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

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City Expands Promotion Criteria Beyond Test Scores

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

New York City's Department of Education is altering the process to promote or hold back students, adding classroom work and grades to the mix so it's not just tied to standardized test scores.

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